Skepticism: A Contemporary Reader by Keith DeRoseSkepticism: A Contemporary Reader by Keith DeRose

Skepticism: A Contemporary Reader

EditorKeith DeRose, Ted A. Warfield

Paperback | December 1, 1998

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Recently, new life has been breathed into the ancient philosophical topic of skepticism. The subject of some of the best and most provocative work in contemporary philosophy, skepticism has been addressed not only by top epistemologists but also by several of the world's finest philosopherswho are most known for their work in other areas of the discipline. Skepticism: A Contemporary Reader brings together the most important recent contributions to the discussion of skepticism. Covering major approaches to the skeptical problem, it features essays by Anthony Brueckner, Keith DeRose, Fred Dretske, Graeme Forbes, Christopher Hill, David Lewis,Thomas Nagel, Robert Nozick, Hilary Putnam, Ernest Sosa, Gail Stine, Barry Stroud, Peter Unger, and Ted Warfield. The book opens with a thorough introduction that outlines the skeptical problem, explains the dominant responses to skepticism, and discusses the strengths, weaknesses, and unresolvedissues of each response, providing undergraduate students and nonphilosophers with the background and context necessary to understand the essays. Skepticism: A Contemporary Reader serves as an ideal text for courses in epistemology and skepticism and will also appeal to professional philosophers andinterested general readers.
Keith DeRose is at Yale University. Ted A. Warfield is at University of Notre Dame.
Title:Skepticism: A Contemporary ReaderFormat:PaperbackPublished:December 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195118278

ISBN - 13:9780195118278


Table of Contents

1. Keith DeRose: INTRODUCTION: RESPONDING TO SKEPTICISM1. The Argument by Skeptical Hypothesis2. "Aw, Come On!"3. Moore's Response4. The Response from Semantic Externalism5. Responses from Epistemic Externalism6. Relevant Alternatives and Denying Closure7. Contextualist Responses8. Concessive ResponsesPART ONE: THE RESPONSE FROM SEMANTIC EXTERNALISM2. Hilary Putnam: Brains in a Vat3. Anthony Brueckner: Semantic Answers to Skepticism4. Graeme Forbes: Realism and Skepticism: Brains in a Vat Revisited5. Ted A. Warfield: A Priori Knowledge of the World: Knowing the World by Knowing Our MindsPART TWO: RESPONSES FROM EPISTEMIC EXTERNALISM6. Ernest Sosa: Philosophical Scepticism and Epistemic Circularity7. Christopher S. Hill: Process Reliabilism and Cartesian ScepticismPART THREE: RELEVANT ALTERNATIVES AND DENYING CLOSURE8. Fred Dretske: Epistemic Operators9. Gail Stine: Skepticism, Relevant Alternatives, and Deductive Closure10. Robert Nozick: Selections from Philosophical ExplanationsPART FOUR: CONTEXTUALIST RESPONSES11. Keith DeRose: Solving the Skeptical Problem12. David Lewis: Elusive KnowledgePART FIVE: CONCESSIVE RESPONSES13. Peter Unger: Selections from Philosophical RelativityThe Hypothesis of Philosophical RelativityAspects of Semantic RelativityA Relativistic Approach to Some Philosophical Problems14. Thomas Nagel: Selection from The View from Nowhere1. Skepticism2. Antiskepticism3. Self-Transcendence4. Evolutionary Epistemology5. Rationalism6. Double Vision15. Barry Stroud: Scepticism, 'Externalism,' and the Goal of InquiryBibliography

Editorial Reviews

"An excellent collection containing all the essential readings on the subject to date."--James Maffie, Colorado State University